But sometimes, a real Christmas tree is not all it's cracked up to be: you have to remember to water it (otherwise it'll dry out and be a sad, very un-festive shell of its former self), it ultimately has to be disposed of (also, when? when it gets ugly? the day after Christmas? January 1st? Three Kings Day? eight days after that? eight days after eight days after that?), and, most frustratingly, it leaves pine needles everywhere.
My first real tree in New York—wrapping was clearly not a priority (on the left), and my second, selected because I thought it was hilariously short and round (on the right).
Now that we've listed the pros and the cons, let's consider a few alternatives, and ultimately decide: Is getting a real Christmas tree worth it?
An artificial tree is standard for lots of families. You can also DIY (like I did, above) by painting some branches, sticking them in a vase, hanging your precious ornaments off them and hoping it doesn't topple over. I'd light Thymes Frasier Fir candles periodically to give the olfactory illusion of the real deal.
This year, I got us a Frasier fir wreath. I figure it's the ultimate compromise: It doesn't take up the space of a tree and won't account for as many dropped needles, but it will still fill my house with the beautiful green of a true pine—the smell, oh, the smell!